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#1 of 125 Old 07-30-2009, 06:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I allow my girls, 4 and 6, to draw on, and plaster stickers on the walls of their room. The way I see it, it's THEIR room, and they can decorate it how they want to. Any other room, and its not okay, and on the occasion they slip up, they get to scrub it off.
I'm just curious what the rules about "decorating" are in your family?
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absloutely! I love to see ds' artwork! I can't wait til we own a house and don't have to worry about painting over it though!
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No. The walls of the room are still my property. I do allow them to decorate their furniture (dresser and bed) with stickers though. I don't want them in the habit of coloring on walls and taught them that paper (which includes any of the recycleables in the bin that they can turn into art) is the only thing that can be colored on, so it would be pretty confusing for them if I told them it was ok to color on their walls as well.

They can have any input they want on the decorations in their room though--they help pick out paint colors, bedding, wall art, curtains, etc. But I wouldn't let them dye my carpet in their room and I don't let them draw on their walls (unless I hang a big sheet of paper up first). They aren't old enough to paint the walls to cover it up with they're bored with their scribbles and I'm certainly not repainting the room every week when they want a fresh pallette. : So, they can color on paper.

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Absolutely not. In our home, art has it's place. I am an artist and they have their own supplies. I art in my studio. Each family is different and I respect your view because that is your home. In our home, the bedrooms are for peaceful sleeping and dressing. I want their clothes in drawers or in laundry baskets. We have a wall in the kitchen that is a dry erase/ magnetic board that they can do as they choose. I should also say that I have painted murals on their walls.

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No way. They're not going to want scribbled or stickered walls when they're 16 and it's a real pain to paint over something. I also view it as disrespectful of the space I take care of.

I don't color on my walls. I hang pictures. If they want to hang their artwork, they're welcome to grab some tape or a tack and have at it. But no painting, drawing, or coloring on the walls themselves.

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absolutely not

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Stickers and things like that, yup. No drawing anymore... but...

My teenagers' bedroom was once a playroom when my boys were younger and one wall was painted with chalkboard paint and the other were just white - and all four could be drawn/painted/smudged/markered/whatever. Kids had a great deal of fun coming in and making their artwork.

Adults did too. I so wish I'd have taken pictures of everything before we painted. There was some really neat pictures and sayings, from floor to ceiling on all four walls. One coat of paint covered it, it was no big deal at all!

Since the boys got older and I needed that room, we don't have any walls to draw on. I'm considering painting another wall in my girls' room partially with chalkboard paint and partially white so they can go nuts. It was so fun!!! (And they never drew on any other walls - they thought it was cool!)

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No way.
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Because it bothered me to still have stickers on my wall as a teen because of stuff like that as a kid I'll probably tack paper up for that sort of activity.

And I'll also get an assortment of those wall decal stickers that peel right off painted walls. I've got a bunch of flowers and butterflies around my apartment right now.
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Absolutely. They can decorate their room however they want. The 2.5 year old is allowed to organize her drawers, has her own laundry bin, and I help her rearrange the furniture when she wants. It's her room, not mine, not her father's. If she doesn't like it, we can paint over it.
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Nope. But that doesn't mean they haven't... when they do, I give them something to scrub it off.

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I wish I hadn't. Their father disagreed.

Guess who wound up painting over to show the house when we moved?

That's why I wish I'd put my foot down.
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Nope. It's just to much work to explain to the youngest why they can draw on their own walls while other walls are off limits. Plus I don't want the added work of having to de-sticker it and repaint the room when they get tired of it. Stickers on their toys bins and the small kid chairs is fine though. We've got a dry erase board and a large roll of paper I can hang up if they want to get artistic on a large scale.

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Not here.

They can tape up whatever they want, but no writing/drawing on walls.

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My Son will be allowed to because we painted his walls with chalkboard paint. No stickers though since those can be a pain to get off.

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absolutely not.

that is what paper is for.
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Absolutely not !

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Nope.

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Drawing/coloring on walls - No way.

Peelable stickers (used for wall decorations) - yes but not regular stickers. Regular stickers can go on the dressers & closet doors but not the walls. I even let them put stickers on their chairs in the dining room.
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No. We're in a rental and I don't want to have to deal with it. As well, my youngest would have a hard time remembering that the kid's rooms were okay but the rest of the house wasn't. I don't mind sickers, and I let them tape up any drawings they want.
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No. Art is great but it has it's place, and IMO it's not on the walls... the very idea of trying to get all that crayon and all those stickers off again later makes me shudder. There was 1 room in this house that had stickers all over it when we moved it and it was a mess.

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No. They can put up stickers, tape up paper they've drawn on, etc.

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No. They are allowed to decorate their rooms however they want, with the caveat that they can't decorate in any way that is too difficult for me to undo(should we move, should we change around rooms, should they change their fickle little minds, etc.). I have had to try to get crayon off the wall before, and it doesn't come off, and the wax keeps paint from sticking well. It took FOUR coats.
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Wow, I'm kind of surprised at all the 'no's. I guess this is one area of parenting where I'm way more lax than most.
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No.

However, my DS (4) is allowed to decorate his room however he likes otherwise. He really enjoys the scupting class he's been taking and his creations are everywhere in his room. And just recently we took down some animal pictures to make room for monster trucks. *sigh* I had put the animal pictures up for when he was a baby and I was a little sad when he wanted to replace them. I didn't let him know though.
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N to the O.
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Not on walls, not on furniture. We'll make our own chalk board and put it up when he's old enough. I will also roll out paper and tape it to the floor for him to color on.

No stickers on anything other than paper. If he wants to repaint a piece of furniture I'll help but I'm not buying him furniture so he can destroy it.
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DS wouldn't do anything with a marker but put it in his mouth at this point, but there will be no wall scribbling in this house. Ever.
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